Afternoon light on Mount Rundle

Four more days until I get to spend a weekend in Banff following a work trip to Calgary on Thursday. It was almost exactly a year ago that I took this picture of the late afternoon light on Mount Rundle while I was exploring the Lake Vermillion area of the park. Without a doubt Lake Vermillion is my favorite spot in Banff for photographs – especially in the winter since the lakes often have spots of open water to allow for reflections when the rest of Alberta is still covered in snow. The weather in Banff doesn’t look promising for good pictures but I’ll certainly enjoy my time in the mountains even if I don’t come home with anything worthy of publishing on the website.

Afternoon Light on Mount Rundle – Banff National Park

Mount Rundle Banff National Park

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Pacific Coast Sunset

Hibernated all day in Chicago as the weather was winter and stormy – not too cold but just not worth going out if you don’t have too. Thank God for online shopping or I would have been absolutely useless. As I type this I’m dreading walking the short few block to the grocery store.

Photo of the Day – Pacific Sunset

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During my last trip to California I took a drive up the coast to Matador Beach and watched the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Alot of people left right after the sun had dipped below the horizon. Ten minutes later it looked like this. I love how the colors change after a sunset.

Despite the cold and snow the weather looks promising to go out and catch some of the Christmas lights on Michigan Avenue so I’ll bundle up and head on over there.

Five Ways to Travel Hack your way to your Next Vacation

I saw an article earlier about ways to find the time and the resources to take your next vacation and am happy to say that I do all of these things already. Another thing that also jumped out at me was that on average Americans do not use 11 vacation days per year – this is ridiculous to me! I bring that average down quite a bit.

Photo of the Day – The Bank of the River Arno

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In Florence, Italy back in April during our trip overseas back in April. Every year around this time we book a vacation for the following year and always use airline miles. That is one of the benefits of traveling for work – but if you used travel hacks (specifically playing the credit card game for airline points) you could fly overseas once a year and do the same thing. If you have good credit it is worth it!

Absolutely Nothing

After my meetings this morning I spent the day with a good friend catching up and then with my family having a nice home cooked meal. Nothing beats the little things. Absolutely nothing.

We don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it this way! Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements!

– Peter Gibbons

Photo of the Day – Daybreak in Punta Cana

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We certainly weren’t meant to spend it that way….laying on a beach drinking Mai-tais? That’s something I could get on board with. Now get out there and make it happen!

Chicago Skyline

Among the top in the world and one of the easiest to shoot because of the accessibility of a the lake front which juts out just south of the downtown area. This provides a nice viewing point for sunsets behind some of the world’s tallest buildings. Four of the seven tallest in America are in downtown Chicago (Three – Sears Tower, Trump Tower and the Aon Center) are in this picture. A little farther north – just out of the frame is the John Hancock Center.

Photo of the Day – The Skyline at Sunset

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Daybreak in the Grand Canyon

“Everything you can imagine is real.”

― Pablo Picasso

If I didn’t see it I wouldn’t believe it existed. A simply amazing place.

Photo of the Day – Daybreak Grand Canyon

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Happy Birthday to the one person I can’t live without

My wife turned thirty today – we celebrated with a co-ed softball victory (7 – 0 on the season) and some drinks at the bar after the game. I’m so fortunate to have met someone who can tolerate me and all my little OCD habits. My favorite movie of all-time is Good Will Hunting. When I moved to Chicago I watched it almost daily since I couldn’t afford cable for awhile and didn’t have many DVDs. It has been awhile since I’ve seen it but when Robin Williams’ character defines love for Will while sitting on a park bench in Boston Common…I couldn’t say it better myself.

So if I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you’d probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can’t tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You’re a tough kid. And I’d ask you about war, you’d probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, “once more unto the breach dear friends.” But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I’d ask you about love, you’d probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn’t know what it’s like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn’t know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms “visiting hours” don’t apply to you. You don’t know about real loss, ’cause it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much. And look at you… I don’t see an intelligent, confident man… I see a cocky, scared shitless kid. But you’re a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine, and you ripped my fucking life apart.

I love that scene…and I’ll be with this woman for the rest of my life’s breaths. There isn’t anyone I’d rather travel the world with and drink wine with then her.

Photo of the Day – A Perfect afternoon in Milan

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